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Scary Movie 2 (DVD)
Member Name: Mcdaddy
Scary Movie 2 (DVD)
Date: 11/09/01, updated on 11/09/01 (218 review reads)
Advantages: Will make you laugh until you cry!
Disadvantages: Laughs are a bit hit and miss!
To say that I have a twisted and warped sense of humour would probably be the biggest understatement known to man. If someone isn't being hurt or there are no scenes of depravity then I usually start to yawn. With these criteria in mind I took the new girlfriend to see Scary Movie 2, as I was very impressed with the first offering from the Wayans brothers.
So I sat back as the lady munched on my salted....... Popcorn, and waited for the film to begin. And what followed was a rollercoaster ride of laughs and disappointment.
The film starts with the introduction of the main venue in the film 'Hell House' an old building that has been invaded by the evils of the undead, and recreates the classic film 'The Exorcist'. The owner of the house (Played by Veronica Cartwright who was the wife who vomited all those cherry stones in the Witches of Eastwick) is holding a dinner party for her guests, similar to the scene in the a fore mentioned film. They are all singing songs around the piano, and to my surprise they start singing their version of Mystikal 'Shake ya Ass' with the priest supplying the music. For those of you who don't know this is a popular hip-hop tune which comes with the obligatory Parental Guidance sticker on the CD. This had me in stitches as if you have heard the original you would appreciate that this isn’t a song for an evening in with some sophisticated friends. To increase the laughs the girl who is being possessed comes down stairs and creates a small swimming pool on the carpet, and instead of being shocked the group start to commend her efforts.
This calls for only one thing, a priest to rid the poor girl of this demonic spirit, originally Marlon Brando had been cast to play the evil challenging priest, but he however pulled out of the role at the last second. So the Wayan's had to find a replacement for the role of Father McFeeley to exorcise the evil demon, and in steps James Wo
ods. The following ten minutes had me in tears. I will not spoil it for you but the good old Father is a bit amorous to say the least, and what follows is a projectile vomiting competition and McFeeley getting turned on by the long tongued antics of the demon.
And then with a flash we are shown the movie title and then thrown from this sketch directly into the film, joining old favourites Cindy (played by Anna Faris) and Shorty (played by Marlon Wayans) at college carrying on there lives after the events in the first film. Everything is going fine for the pair, and Cindy is making an effort to be more 'hip' in an effort to be popular, doing so by inadvertently mugging a girl for her jacket. However in the true tradition of the first movie there is a small twist which leads them into a sticky situation. A professor on the campus (played by Tim Curry) is trying to resurrect the dormant spirits within Hell House in order to prove that paranormal spirits really do exist. To do this he needs some willing volunteers, and our unsuspecting friends are persuaded to stay in Hell House for the weekend. However they are not alone and are accompanied by some old and new faces such as Ray (played by Shawn Wayans) still as confused about his sexuality as before, and new face Theo (played by Kathleen Robertson) as the busty eye candy for the guys in the audience.
This is when the film unfortunately becomes very hit and miss with its gags. The Wayans’ keep to their tradition of using a variety of spoofs from popular movies, some with great effect such as the Charlie’s Angels fight scene, and their interpretation of the motorbike sequence from Mission Impossible 2 except using wheelchairs to achieve this. Other than this they really do let the audience down with tired gags and repeats from the first film that just succeed in making it a little dull in places.
In conclusion I had originally gone to see Moulin Rouge, but as it was sold o
ut opted for this film instead as I was hoping for the same standard of quality that the Wayans dished out with their first offering. However after seeing the film it has left a strange taste in my mouth, as I did enjoy the movie but also found it a bit stale in places. Their downfall in making this movie is the sheer success and originality of the first, once you have a perfect combination of horror and comedy it is extremely hard to bake the same cake twice and still have people clambering for more. In my opinion this film is definitely worth seeing as it did make me laugh on many occasions, but it is one that may be better suited for the video shop rather than seeing it on the big screen. The gags will be just as funny and you won’t have to put up with some idiot next to you explaining everything to his girlfriend in a bid to impress her. No people not me, but someone next to me, I just can’t seem to avoid an event that annoys me when going to the cinema nowadays!